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The dead mans family claim that he was attending a party at the house. I also heard that police were in attendace and the man refused an order to desist the attack. There was also talk of there being two men involved in the beating.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: reddragon2015
This is why jury trials are a necessity. As a father I would be loathe to convict someone who was protecting their child. Sometimes the letter of the law isn't justice.
originally posted by: Substracto
a reply to: Village Idiot
"after he confronted a burglar inside his home"
"He was inside his home.. near his daughter's room"
Survival instinct kicked in...
originally posted by: EternalSolace
I don't know much about Australian law, but in the US there is such a thing as "Jury Nullification". I'm pretty sure the same thing exists in Australia if I'm not mistaken. Here's hoping the jury will have the sense to return this father to his family.
Newcastle police are investigating the incident. The case has divided opinion across Australia, with most appearing to support the actions of Batterham. Celebrity lawyer Winston Terracini has been appointed to defend the husband and father, who is being held at Cessnock Correctional Centre.
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
I'd have put the charge at man slaughter really and let the man plead out with community service and probation.
This has only just happened, the date of the piece is the 6th April.
Then again, most posters here are American, and they mostly seem to think that all Police officers are Judge Dredd and that all that legal system is nothing more than a pesky inconvenience.